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  1. Explosion rocks French nuclear plant
  2. Aurigny ice incident: 'The result of poor decision-making'
  3. Car vandals could be 'fed up' with parking problems as '£10,000 worth of damage' reported
  4. Jersey's environment minister wants to follow the UK in stopping plastic from beauty products ending up in the sea
  5. Bailiff of Guernsey to stay on until 2020
  6. Updates on Thursday 9 February 2017

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Local Live in the Channel Islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Well it's been a busy old day today.

Your Local Live team will be back from 08:00 tomorrow with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather in the Channel Islands.

Don't forget to catch BBC Channel Islands news for all the latest headlines at 18:30 on BBC One.

Safety high on agenda of tech event

BBC Radio Guernsey

The online dangers faced by young people will be the focus of an event showing the best of Guernsey's technological industries this weekend.

Mathew Parker, from organisers Digital ACE, says young people need to understand the dangers of putting personal information on the web.

Experts will be available at the event at Beau Sejour from 12:00-17:00 on Saturday.

Oatlands attraction welcomed by government

A major development at Guernsey tourist attraction Oatlands is due to be completed next year.

It will involve a home for well-known trislander Joey in a large play barn.

The States department responsible for tourism says the changes "should help to re-establish the site as an important, high-quality, accredited visitor attraction, with a unique mix of elements on offer".

Kilns at Oatlands

The proposed configuration and mix of elements will offer the potential for an extended visitor dwell time, even in poor weather, which is a welcome addition to the existing offer.”

SpokesmanMarketing and Tourism, States of Guernsey

What is there to do in Dusseldorf?

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Flybe are launching a new flight from Guernsey to Dusseldorf this summer, but what is there to do there?

Well, a quick look on the Dusseldorf tourism website flagged up a few sights to see:

  • Altstadt (old town) - "Narrow lanes and old churches, quaint breweries and ancient pubs, hip bars and clubs, good old French fries and exquisite food: this is Düsseldorf's Altstadt, the Old Town"
  • Alter Golzheimer Friedhof (cemetery) - The "famous" people to be buried there include the painter Alfred Rethel, the architect Wilhelm von Schadow and the theatre director Karl Leberecht Immermann. I can't say I've heard of any of them but I'm not that cultured
  • Carlsplatz - A former farmers market which is now a "gourmet's paradise" for Dusseldorfers and tourists
  • Historical Kaiserswerth - "On the boundaries of the picturesque centre of Kaiserswerth, the ruins of lengendary Emperor Barbarossa's medieval palace directly by the riverside are what is left of one of the most important castles on the Rhine"

Weather: Frost expected overnight

BBC Weather

Through tonight it will remain cold with variable amounts of cloud, leading to some patchy frost by dawn. Minimum Temperature: 3C (37F).

Weather map

Friday will then see a bright start to the day, however, cloud will generally thicken through the day perhaps bringing the risk of the odd shower through the afternoon. Maximum Temperature: 6C (43F).

Weed killer banned after being found in water sources

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's environment minister has ordered an immediate ban on the sale and distribution of the chemical weed killer Linuron in the island.

The chemical is used to control weeds and grasses, and was found in Jersey waters - including Val de la Mare reservoir - a number of times last year.

Deputy Steve Luce says the ban will help improve the quality of the island's water.

Ice aircraft involved in similar incident in December

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The aircraft that had to be diverted in March last year due to "ice contamination" was involved in a similar event in December.

While the Air Accidents Investigation Branch handled the March incident - with the report released this morning - Aurigny are investigating the December incident themselves, with the findings to be reviewed by the AAIB.

That flight was going from Guernsey to Manchester, but ended up returning to Guernsey, and landed about 40 minutes after take-off.


At the time, an Aurigny spokesman said: "This is a very unusual incident and we have only experienced this once before in 15 years of operating this type of aircraft and is caused by the accumulation of ice on the aircraft wings.The aircraft was fully checked and returned to service the following day."

Guernsey's bailiff 'a public servant of the highest calibre'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Guernsey's lieutenant governor has praised the bailiff after his post was extended by two years.

Vice Admiral Sir Ian Corder says he's "delighted" that Sir Richard Collas will remain in post until 2020.

Bailiffs are normally required to retire aged 65, but the extension from Her Majesty The Queen means Sir Richard will be 67 by the time he leaves the role.

Sir Ian says the extension is "consistent with the general trend towards longer working lives".

Sir Richard is a public servant of the highest calibre and I am delighted that Her Majesty has approved his request to continue to serve for a further two years."

Vice Admiral Sir Ian CorderGuernsey's Lieutenant Governor

Flybe to launch summer Dusseldorf link

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Flybe has announced that it will be launching a new link from Guernsey to Dusseldorf in the summer.

The route will run on Saturdays between 29 April and 30 September 2017.

The airline says one-way fares will start from £39.99.

Flybe plane

Dusseldorf is a convenient gateway to the Rhine-Ruhr economic region offering direct and convenient access to all the many attractions of the Rhine River, a particularly beautiful area of Germany and that has a wealth of things to offer leisure travellers."

Vincent HodderFlybe’s Chief Revenue Officer

Pitch inspection for GFC match will take place tomorrow night

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Godalming Town have confirmed a pitch inspection will take place tomorrow night ahead of Guernsey's scheduled trip to the UK on Saturday.

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Godalming Town confirmed that the pitch inspection would take place the night before the match at Wey Court because the Green Lions would be leaving early on Saturday morning, and they didn't want the Guernsey side to have a "unnecessary journey".

GFC are encouraging supporters to keep an eye on social media pages tomorrow night and Saturday morning for further news.

Aircraft manufacturer to warn other airlines of icing issue on flight

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A serious icing incident with an Aurigny aircraft will see the manufacturer contacting all European airlines flying ATRs - to inform them of the circumstances surrounding the flight.

Aurigny's G-COBO aircraft - with 31 people on board - had to divert to East Midlands last March after control issues in flight, an official safety report reveals today.

The Air Accident Investigation Branch report says the commander decided not to de-ice at Manchester before returning to Guernsey despite light snow falling and other airlines choosing to de-ice.

The report says the commander and especially the co-pilot were inexperienced at flying in wintry conditions.

Aurigny says it has now enhanced its winter flying training for pilots.

Aurigny fleet
Jonathan Le Ray

Fed Cup: Heather Watson helps Great Britain to win over Latvia

BBC Sport

Heather Watson and Johanna Konta led Great Britain to a second successive 3-0 win at the Fed Cup in Estonia.

Guernsey's Watson - currently world number 72 - beat Latvia's Diana Marcinkevica 6-3 6-0, before world number 10 Konta defeated 35th-ranked Jelena Ostapenko 6-2 6-3.

Heather Watson
British Tennis

Jocelyn Rae and Laura Robson then saw off Daniela Vismane and Marcinkevica 6-0 6-7 (2-7) 6-2 in the doubles.

Britain beat Portugal 3-0 on Wednesday, and top the group going in to their final match against Turkey on Friday.

The Queen grants Bailiff a two-year extension in role

Guernsey Press

Bailiff Sir Richard Collas will remain in post until May 2020 after the Queen granted a two-year extension to his appointment.

Aurigny ice incident: 'The result of poor decision-making'

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

As the report suggests, the incident was perceived to be the result of poor decision-making, in that the captain elected not to have the aircraft inspected by de-icing ground staff to effectively determine whether de-icing was appropriate or not."

Nigel MollAurigny's Flight Operations Director
Aurigny ATR G-Cobo

Mr Moll continued: "We have clear procedures and training in place relating to the need to de-ice an aircraft prior to departure, and our expectation, in these weather conditions, would be for the aircraft to be inspected and, most likely, de-iced.

"However, in this case, the captain, who had many years of prior experience with other airlines, exercised his own judgement."

The captain has since left the company.

States of Jersey 'rebranding'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Letters from Jersey officials to other countries will now be headed as coming from the "Government of Jersey" instead of the States.

Jersey's Department of External Relations is rebranding its correspondence.

The Minister, Senator Sir Philip Bailhache, thinks the change will be less confusing for international partners and governments.

The change will be debated by the Council of Ministers later this year.

States logo

Visitors 'need indoor attractions'

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Plans to expand Oatlands, including a home for the trislander Joey, have been approved.

Architect Paul Langlois said the 2,000 sq m barn offered something new for visitors: "There have to be places for people to go when it's wet and rainy."

Joey the trislander
Jonathan Le Ray

Building work is due to be completed next year with Joey's World featuring virtual reality technology that will allow people to fly the plane from Alderney to Guernsey or France.

Joey will be disassembled and reassembled in situ.

Sark Folk Festival tickets on sale next month...

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Latest headlines in the Channel Islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online


  • There's been a fire and explosion at a nuclear power station at Flamanville on the coast of France, but officials say there is no risk of nuclear contamination


  • The environment minister says the immediate ban on the sale and distribution of the chemical weed killer Linuron in Jersey could be the first in a series of further bans
  • The Road Safety Panel is advising people in Jersey to check the lights on their vehicles regularly 
  • More workplace pensions and increasing the population are among the options being considered to ensure the future of the state pension in Jersey


  • The president of Guernsey's health committee admits there's a problem attracting paediatricians to the island
  • The German sea wall near the kiosk at L'Ancresse will be allowed to crumble, the environment committee has confirmed
  • An event is being held in Guernsey this Saturday to inspire the next generation to work in the digital industry

Weather in the Channel Islands

BBC Weather

Let's take a look at the weather for this evening.

Here's the outlook for Jersey...

Weather chart

And this is the forecast for Guernsey...

Weather chart

Kitchen fire spoils birthday celebrations

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Firemen were called to a flat in St Brelade last night after a flat owner's birthday dinner caught fire.

The alarm was raised at about 22:00, and two engines and crews headed to the flat.

They were told that a fire in the kitchen had spread to the extractor fan and kitchen units.

By the time they got there the owner had managed to put it out.

Kitchen damage
Jersey Fire & Rescue

Watch Commander Richard Ryan said the owner had only left the kitchen for a short time as they were celebrating their birthday with friends - but when they went back in they found flames up to the ceiling.

One person was treated for the effects of breathing in smoke.

Could you be Guernsey's next star?

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

X Factor auditions are taking place in Guernsey today - it's your chance to kick start a singing career on the ITV talent show.

Who knows, one day you could be like Louisa Johnson, who won in 2015, and is performing in Jersey this summer at the Big Gig in the Park.

Louisa Johnson

Parking war may be at root of St Helier vandalism campaign

Jersey Evening Post

Neighbours locked in parking disputes could be responsible for a spate of vandalism which has seen cars keyed and tyres slashed in an area of St Helier, the police say.

Sea defence work 'incomplete' despite £5m budget

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

There are concerns major storm damage to Guernsey's sea walls may never be repaired.

A budget of £5m was put aside before the last election to fix damage caused in storms in early 2014, but a former deputy believes the works were only half completed.

Tony Spruce wants to know why these works were funded but not completed - and why a report setting out the way forward has not yet been published.

Fermain wall

Three main areas of damage still remain - the broken sea wall at Fermain, the steps down to the Foghorn at St Martins Point, and the anti-tank wall at L'Ancresse.

The President of the Committee for the Environment and Infrastructure, Deputy Barry Brehaut, believes these sea walls were built during the German occupation as tank and not sea defences, and should now be subject to "managed decline".

Flamanville explosion: What we know so far

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Local governments in the Channel Islands have been told there is no risk to the island following a fire and an explosion at the French nuclear power station at Flamanville.

French officials contacted the States of Jersey and Guernsey this morning to tell them about it but said there was no danger of any radioactive leaks.

The French electricity company EDF said the explosion happened at 08:40 in a room where seven staff members were working. Five of them had to be treated for the impact of breathing in smoke. 

Flamanville nuclear plant
Getty Images

French authorities say the companies emergency response team brought the fire under control quickly, and there were no injuries. They said the explosion happened away from any nuclear material, and there was no chance of a leak of radioactivity or risk to the environment.

EDF says the Unit 1 generator where the fire and blast took place was disconnected from the electricity grid soon after the event.

Flamanville nuclear plant: How far away is it?

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

French and local authorities have been very clear that there is no nuclear risk resulting from this morning's fire and explosion at Flamanville's nuclear plant.

However, I'm sure there are plenty of people wondering exactly how far away it is - so here you go:

  • Alderney: 18 miles (29 km)
  • Sark: 22 miles (35 km)
  • Jersey 22 miles (35 km)
  • Herm: 25 miles (41 km)
  • Guernsey: 28 miles (45 km)
Map of CI

Flamanville nuclear plant: 'No risks' to Guernsey residents

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The States of Guernsey are reassuring islanders that there are "no risks" associated with the Flamanville explosion this morning.

Kevin Murphy, the Emergency Planning Officer, said: "We received notification from Flamanville at 11.01 that there had been a small explosion and resultant fire. 

"The explosion occurred in a machine room outside of the reactor zone. 

"We must be clear that this was not a nuclear incident and I would like to reassure Bailiwick residents that the small fire has been extinguished, there are no injuries and no further risks associated with this incident. 

"Flamanville’s emergency plan, which the Channel Islands are included in, was not triggered as there were no nuclear risks attached to this incident. 

"The matter has been resolved and we remain in contact with our colleagues in France."

States of Jersey contacted by French authorities after blast

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The States of Jersey were contacted by authorities in France this morning after the explosion at Flamanville nuclear plant.

In a statement, a spokesperson said: "The authorities at Flamanville contacted the States of Jersey Police this morning to inform them that there had been a small explosion and fire in a machine room at the plant. 

"The Chief of Staff at the Préfecture de la Manche also contacted Jersey’s Bureau des Iles Anglo-Normandes and explained that the fire was in an area where no nuclear materials were present and had been extinguished.

"These calls were made out of courtesy despite the fact that the fire did not involve nuclear materials and the Flammanville emergency plan was not triggered.  

"The Jersey authorities are in ongoing communication with the Préfecture and would like to reassure islanders that this will have no impact on Jersey and there is no cause for any concern."


Flamanville nuclear plant - EDF statement

Press Association

The utility provider that runs Flamanville nuclear plant have released a statement about the fire and subsequent fire in a reactor this morning.

EDF said: "At 09:40 (08:40 GMT) this morning, a fire resulting in a minor explosion broke out in the turbine hall on the non-nuclear part of unit one at the Flamanville nuclear power plant. 

"The fire was immediately brought under control by the plant's response team. 

"As per normal procedure, the fire brigade went to the affected location and confirmed that the fire had been extinguished. 

"Unit one was disconnected from the grid. There were no casualties. 

"There were no consequences for safety at the plant or for environmental safety." 

EDF says no consequences for safety or the environment

The tweet from the French EDF Twitter feed has been translated as saying: "The fire outside the nuclear zone at Flamanville has been brought under control. Nobody injured and no impact on safety or the environment."

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Flamanville nuclear plant: Five workers treated for smoke inhalation

Tim Finan

BBC Jersey, reporter in France

An explosion ripped through a machine room at the giant power station on the coast of France at Flamanville this morning, but didn't result in any leakage of radioactivity, French authorities reassured.

The blast occurred at about 08:40 GMT in a machine room and sent smoke into the air above one of the reactors at the site causing concern to local residents. 

A statement from the Prefecture of the Manche department stressed that the explosion occurred in an area of the factory where no radioactive materials were present.

Firemen from Les Pieux and Cherbourg were quickly on the scene and were followed by ambulances and medics who treated the five workers for what was described as "intoxication" - understood to be from smoke inhalation. 

Seven workers were in the machine room at the time. 

No injuries at Flamanville blast - fire 'contained and managed'

Associated Press

The local government for the Manche region has told AP that the blast at the Flamanville plant on France's northwest coast has been contained and managed. 

Operator EDF said that there were no injuries and that a fire led to a blast in the machine room of one of the two nuclear reactors at Flamanville. 

EDF says that the fire was "immediately'' brought under control.

EDF said that the Number 1 reactor was disconnected from the grid.

Flamanville blast caused by fire in Reactor 1


The French utility company which operates the Flamanville nuclear plant has confirmed that a fire in Reactor 1 led to a blast at 08:40, Reuters reports.

The 1,300 MW reactor has been taken offline following the blast.

The explosion caused minor injuries but happened outside the nuclear zone and posed no risk of contamination, authorities said.

The nuclear safety authority ASN said it had no information and could not immediately comment.

Explosion at French nuclear plant

The explosion at EDF's Flamanville plant on the French coast took place at about 10:00.

Emergency services are at the scene.

According to France Ouest there could be some people injured. The explosion is understood to have occurred outside of the nuclear zone at the plant.


Flamanville explosion occurred in turbine hall - not reactor area

BBC World Service

Reports from France say the explosion at the Flamanville nuclear power station occurred in the turbine hall, and is reported to have caused injuries. 

The local authorities said there was no risk of a radioactive leak and the reactor area had not been compromised. 

The nuclear emergency plan has not been activated. 

The French state-owned utility company EDF is building what will be the world's largest nuclear reactor at Flamanville. 

The European Pressurised Reactor is designed to use less fuel and produce a third of the waste of current reactors.

Getty Images

Explosion at EDF's Flamanville plant - no nuclear risk


An explosion occurred at French utility EDF's Flamanville nuclear plant on Thursday in which there may have been some injuries but from which there was no nuclear risk, French newspaper Ouest France reported on its web site, citing local police. 

Officials at EDF's Paris headquarters had no immediate comment and local officials at the plant in western France could not be immediately reached for comment.

BreakingExplosion at Flamanville reactor


There's been an explosion at EDF's Flamanville reactor on the French coast, Reuters reports.

Aurigny reassures passengers that safety is paramount

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Aurigny's CEO says "safety is always of paramount importance" and "in all circumstances, remain our absolute priority", after concerns were raised following a serious incident aboard one of its planes in March.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch concluded ice contamination was the cause of problems and could have been avoided if the aircraft had been de-iced. A build-up of ice on the tail led to difficulties with pitch controls.

Aurigny planes

Immediately after the incident we took steps to enhance our winter awareness training. We are always looking at any further steps we can take in our ongoing commitment to safety across our network."

Mark DarbyAurigny's Chief Executive Officer

Bailiff staying past retirement age

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Sir Richard Collas has been granted an extension of his role as the Bailiff of Guernsey past the official retirement age.

In 1999, the retirement age for the Bailiff of Guernsey was reduced from 70 to 65.

Richard Collas

Sir Richard is currently 63 years old, and was therefore due to retire in 2018.

This extension from Her Majesty The Queen means the Bailiff will remain in post until he is 67.

The retirement age for the Bailiff of Jersey is 70.